RYA Sail at Home

I hope you and your family are all well in these challenging times.

As you will be aware there is currently no on the water delivery being run by the RYA, however, we are extremely passionate about providing remote learning opportunities for us to learn together at home in the coming months.

We are excited to tell you about our remote learning schedule that will be offered to all levels of the programme over the coming month. 

We have variety of topics, and activities planned for you, which will allow you to develop you’re on the water knowledge and hopefully connect with fellow sailors from the comfort of your home or garden.

We are initially planning a 12 week programme, after this we will review the Covid 19 government’s recommendations. Our remote learning will start this Monday 30th, please see below the detailed overview of our next 2 weeks:

Week 1 (week commencing 30th March)

Day Time: Session Title: Aim/ Learning Outcome: Delivery Platform
Monday 30th 11:00 Motivation Monday Show – Luke Patience and Saskia Sills Motivation and strategies for dealing with adversity YouTube Live
Tuesday 31st 11:00 Tune in Tuesday: Met & Tide with Simon Rowell (BST Meteorologist) Winning with the forecast YouTube Live
Wednesday 1st 11:00 Workout Wednesday  Introduction to Physical Preparation for Junior Sailors, plan for next 12 weeks for workout Wednesday  YouTube
Thursday 2nd
Saturday 3rd   11:00   Super Saturday – VR racing Live VR racing Intro
Connect with fellow sailors on the Virtual Regatta inshore game.

All sessions will be screened on the British Sailing Team YouTube channel:


It is our intention to introduce you to Virtual Regatta racing on Saturday, if you are not sure what it is all about, please watch the video below:

We will be covering more of this on the Saturday session.

Lastly we are passionate about uniting the sailing community in these challenging times through the opportunities and sessions that we are planning to provide over the coming months.

We hope you will join us for all sessions and we look forward to further evolving the schedule as we all learn together from home.

If you have any questions on the schedule, please get in touch.

Kind regards,


Beth McKellar

Performance Operations Co-Ordinator

British Youth Sailing Team

Thanks to Karen for providing these details.

Suspension of formal club activities

Dear Member

It is with great reluctance that the committee has decided to suspend all formal club activities for the next six weeks until April 30th.

Whilst our sailing activities are almost entirely at an individual level, the threats of the Covid-19 virus, and the challenges of effectively isolating every club member from every other poses too great a risk for us to allow formal activities to take place. This will include the Racing programme, Pink Fleet, Oppies, Pirates, Training, and Work Parties. We shall delay the RYA “Discover Sailing” Open Day until a date later in the year, and cancel our promotional stall at Woodley shopping centre.

Our neighbouring organisations the Olympic rowing trials and Sonning Regatta have already cancelled all water-born activities; the RYA Oppies training weekend at the club has been called off. Most of the clubs in the area have also curtailed their activities.

We shall continue to monitor the situation daily, and will be in touch with you again as the circumstances develop.

As a member you are free to take part in your own informal activities at the club at your own risk, and to use the club’s resources and rescue boats, on condition that all sailing complies with the club’s rules on safety at all times. Members are free to carry out maintenance on their boats as they wish. In doing so we would ask all members to respect the Government advice on social-distancing: ie no physical contact, maintain space of at least 2m from other people, obsessive cleanliness; needless to say, if you are unfortunate enough to suffer symptoms of Covid-19 please stay in your bed, hunker down and get better soon.

I had hoped we could find a way of continuing with club activities, albeit on a restricted basis, and the committee has discussed a wide variety of options at length. But the barriers are too high, and the risks too great. Please renew your membership as normal, stay in touch through the website and our facebook page, so that when this pandemic is over we can re-invigorate the club, and enjoy a new programme of summer activities.

Meanwhile stay safe, stay healthy, and hopefully we can all be back on the water before long.

Will Stevens, Commodore

Spring Series 3 – 15th March 2020

Spring Series 3            15th March 2020

The first two scheduled races of the Spring Series did not take place because of flooding and at one point this third race looked doubtful. However, the water and wind dropped sufficiently to make it possible.

It was a blustery SW wind of about 18 mph, which kept veering considerably throughout the morning. Mike A set a long beat to 3 then 2, 8, 6, A (where No 7 usually sits) and back through the start.

Pursuit race

There were nine hardy starters and a number of them capsized before the start of the race. In fact Jeremy missed his slot and set out some way behind everyone else.  

At the end of the first lap Mike T (Laser) had caught the earlier starters and crossed the line in the lead. Rhys (4.7) was gong well and came through in 2nd place, just ahead of his old man James in a full rig Laser. Newton & Sam (RS200) were not far behind James, but over a minute ahead of Chris H (Comet) who crossed in 5th place. Adrian (Rooster) was next along just leading Rick (Laser flying a Radial rig) then Emily (4.7) some way ahead of a recovering Jeremy in his Laser.

At the gun Mike T just managed to stay ahead of Newton & Sam to take the victory.

The final positions on the water were – 1st Mike T; 2nd Newton & Sam; 3rd James; 4th Rhys; 5th Adrian; 6th Rick.

Handicap Race

Mike A made a slight course change for the second race by inserting No 5 between 2 and 8.Everyone stayed out for this race, but unfortunately Emily capsized just before the start.

Mike T took an early lead but capsized on the way to 5 letting Newton & Sam through and they crossed the line in 1st place. Mike recovered quickly to come through in 2nd place some 30 seconds ahead of Adrian in 3rd spot. Then came father and son James and Rhys with James leading on the water but Rhys well ahead on handicap time. Jeremy crossed in 6th place and was four minutes ahead of Chris and bringing up the rear was Rick recovering from a capsize earlier in the lap.

At the end of the second and final lap there was no change in the positions of the first four boats but Rhys had unluckily capsized to let Jeremy through into 5th place. Rick went well on this lap and passed Chris just before the line to take 6th place with Rhys finishing about two minutes after Chris.

The order on the water was – 1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Adrian; 4th James; 5th Jeremy; 6th Rick

The only change on corrected time is that Rick loses his 6th place to Chris H.

Thanks to Mike A and the OOD team of Bill C, Nick J, Roland L, Ann & Dave L and Sally N. (If I might say so – a great team!)

Coronavirus Update Saturday 14th March 2020


Covid 19, or coronavirus is a major concern internationally. We are being advised by British Sailing on this, have discussed our response in committee this week, and are daily monitoring developments. Our best advice is that currently everyone should practice basic precautions (washing hands and singing happy birthday to everyone you know), but otherwise come sailing as normal. Or as normal as the water levels allow.

Our cleaners in the clubhouse have been asked to be even more diligent than before. The only change you will see is that towels have been removed from the changing rooms and replaced with paper towels, which you should dispose of in the bags provided. NOT, please, down the loos. Or I will set our Bosun onto you. And you don’t want that.

We will keep you updated as the picture changes. Fortunately for us, sailing is mostly a low contact sport, which we should be able to keep enjoying with little need to adapt if the situation gets worse. Let’s hope for the best but be prepared for less than the best.

Obviously if you are feeling unwell with a fever or cough stay at home and follow the guidance issued by the NHS.

Best wishes

Will Stevens

RSC Commodore